Spotlight on Interdepartmental Studies Alumni: March Bishop

Name: March Bishop
Age: 25
Occupation: Student, Harvard Business School, M.B.A. Candidate 2013
Education (UR and additional): B.A. in Interdepartmental Studies, University of Rochester, 2008.
Current city/state of residence: Boston, MA
Community activities: UR, Wine & Cuisine Society at Harvard Business School

What activities were you involved in as a student and what did you gain from them?

As a member of the Meridian Society in the Office of Admissions I gained valuable insight into how Admissions processes work and more importantly got a chance to practice sales.  Being a tour guide and hosting coordinator, I was always selling prospective students and parents on the merits of the UofR and how those merits related to each individual student.  Sales is such an important skill!  If you think about it – we’re constantly selling.  We sell ourselves in job interviews, in graduate school interviews and in countless networking events.  At work we sell our companies to prospective clients.  As social people we sell friends on events we’ve planned or sell our friends on having us participate in their cool events.

What did you do immediately after graduation?  How did you decide to take that path?

The Department of the Navy recruits on campus for its Acquisition Intern Program.  I thought this would be a perfect fit for the intersection of my interests in economics and the U.S. defense market.  And indeed it was a good insight into working for the U.S. Government in Washington, D.C.  I subsequently used my experience in acquisitions as a consultant with Booz Allen Hamilton to bid for government contracts.  Now I want to work internationally, so my career orientation has shifted quite a bit; however it was a great entry-level job that taught me a lot about the industry.

Where would you like to be in five years?

Currently I’m pursuing my MBA at Harvard Business School and plan to graduate in May of 2013.  So that’s two years.  For the three years after that, I hope to be in the Middle East supporting growth in the public sector.  International development can be thought of pretty broadly; one way that I’m currently envisioning it is to help grow public-private partnerships between commercial companies and local governments.  These partnerships will lead to sustainable social offerings that support citizens.